Friday, May 30, 2014

1030. Kobenhavn, Radiohuset
















Dear Henny,

"My mind is free, it does what it likes; and it is free
because only I know what it is doing. I often envy my
mind" (Vilhelm Lauritzen)

Cordially,
R

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

1029. Alicante. Playa de San Juan






















Queridos primos Juan y Maica,

En Alicante se levanta el edificio La
Rotonda, obra del arquitecto reusense
Juan Guardiola Gaya que junto a Juan
Antonio Garcia Solera, fue uno de los
grandes precursores del urbanismo vertical
en la costa levantina en los años 60 y 70.
La fuerza plastica de edificios como el
Vistamar en La Albufereta o el edificio
La Isleta en El Campello revelan el
innegable talento tecnico y artistico de
este gran arquitecto.

Besos,
R

Monday, May 26, 2014

1028. Klampenborg, Bellevue



Dear Félix,

"As thin as possible, and never in the middle"
(Arne Jacobsen)

Regards,
R

Friday, May 23, 2014

1027. Palencia, Calle Mayor































Querida Ines,

Seguro que conoceras bien el magnifico edificio racionalista
de oficinas y viviendas del Banco de Santander sito en la
Calle Mayor de Palencia. Esta obra, diseñada por el gran
arquitecto madrileño Luis Gutiérrez Soto, destaca por su
equilibrado juego de volumetrias que resuelve el dificil
cambio de escala entre los edificios colindantes, sus
elegantes fachadas racionalistas a la "italiana" y el acertado
uso de material petreo en las mismas.
Espero que estes muy bien. Te mandamos besos desde SF.
Cuidate mucho.

R

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

1026. Orivesi















Dear Maj-Lis

This is the striking and radical Orivesi church built in 1961
by the Sirens. Its beautifully curved walls resemble the
shape of a large ship from the distance while inside
warmly embrace visitors with its impressive wood carving.

Respectfully,
R

Monday, May 19, 2014

1025. Ankara, Enstitii















Dear Kayla,

In 1927, the Turkish Ministry of Education invited
Austrian architect Ernst A. Egli to design new school
buildings around the country. For a number of years Mr.
Egli combined this job with the major task of reorganizing
the educational curriculum at the architectural department
of Ankara. In 1937 he left Turkey, became a Swiss citizen,
and began teaching at the ETH of Zurich. He returned to
Turkey in 1953 and stayed in the country for two more
years while working as a member of the UN Technical
Aid Association.

Sincerely,
R

Friday, May 16, 2014

1024. Bucaresti, Calea Victoriei. Palatul Adriatica















Dear Adrian,

Although I know your favorite city is Tel-Aviv I'm sending you
a vintage postcard of Bucharest, another city that you like too.
The building in the picture is the Adriatica Asigurarea Building,
a hidden jewel of Modernist architecture. It was built in 1935 by
German-Jewish architect Rudolf Fränkel who had to flee from
Nazi Germany in 1933. Fränkel also completed another fantastic
Modernist building of Bucharest: the Scala cinema.

Best regards,
R

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

1023. St. Olavs Kirke, Norway


 

Dear Sven,

Professor of Architecture Per Kartvedt designed the 

St. Olav's Cathedral in Trondheim (Norway) in 1973. 
Unfortunately this charming building has become 
inadequate for the current requirements of the local
community. In consequence it has been planned to
replace it with a brand new building that will be designed
by Eggen Architects.

Regards.
R

Monday, May 12, 2014

1022. Museumsmeile, Bonn

















Querido Elias,

Cuando comenzamos a ascender a traves de la larga escalera
que conduce al jardin colgante de las esculturas, tu
comenzaste a contarme de nuevo un pasaje de El Juego
de Ojos. Soplaba un fuerte viento y yo te entedi tan mal
como el murmullo de los angeles.

Afectos desde el corazon,
R

Friday, May 9, 2014

1021. Montmagny. L'église.






























Dear Karla,

The little church of Sainte Thérèse in Montmagny was
a smaller replica of the well-known Notre-Dame du Raincy
also built a few years earlier by Ausguste Perret.
Perret believed that "Technique, spoken in poetry, brings us
to Architecture".

Regards,
R

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

1020. Calvi (Corse). Nord-Sud

Estimado Anton,

" Este recibio, la noche del primero de marzo, un
imponente sobre sellado. Lo abrio; el sobre contenia
una carta firmada Baruj Spinoza y un minucioso plano
de la ciudad, arrancado notoriamente de un Baedeker.
La carta profetizaba que el 3 de marzo no habria un
cuarto crimen, pues la pintureria del Oeste, la taberna
de la Rue de Toulon y el Hotel de Nord eran "los
vertices perfectos de un triangulo equilatero y mistico";
el plano demostraba en tinta roja la regularidad de ese
triangulo."(La muerte y la brujula. Jorge Luis Borges)

Saludos,
R

Monday, May 5, 2014

1019. Hotel Maspalomas Oasis, Gran Canaria.
















Querida Patricia,

"Yo aqui vengo a aprender" (Palabras pronunciadas por
Francisco Javier Saenz de Oiza, al entrar en el estudio de
Ramon Vazquez Molezun)

Besos,
R

Friday, May 2, 2014

1018. National Museum of the American Indian

















Dear uncle Richard,

"We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed
flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle,
these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices of the
meadows, the body heat of the pony, and man - all belong
to the same family." (Chief Seattle's words to President
Franklin Roosevelt)

Love,
R